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Old 09-28-09, 06:57 PM   #101
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Bring an umbrella.
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Old 09-29-09, 06:39 AM   #102
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Don't say that, our family is planning a picnic!
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Old 09-29-09, 11:22 AM   #103
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I think the Stanley Park seawall is pretty much the mandatory tourist ride. If you're more adventurous, do the bridge loop, across the Lions Gate and Second Narrows.
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Old 10-01-09, 04:50 PM   #104
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Trip got postponed to November.

I guess that means bring an even bigger umbrella?
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Old 10-01-09, 07:17 PM   #105
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naw just wear a wetsuit
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Old 10-03-09, 08:15 PM   #106
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I'll post wherever, whenever, and however I want, kid. If that offends you, there's an ignore button.
Sure, you can post what you like, but you were incorrect about the VACC -- that was just being pointed out to you. VACC has done an enormous amount of good in Vancouver -- in fact, most of the cycling infrastructure in the city was accomplished with and because of their input.
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Old 10-09-09, 06:58 PM   #107
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On a vaguely related note, does anyone know what the deal is with that new bike co-op on Ontario and 3rd-ish? A friend told me about it, and said it's pretty cool, but I haven't made it by yet.
It is the Pedal Depot.
It is an extension of Our Community Bikes up on Main, and 17th.
Shop is open to the Public from 3-6pm.
The rest of the day is spent fixing bikes for sale, and as freebies for outreach/recovery/school programs.
I just started volunteering there a couple of weeks ago.
Great bunch of Folks that work for OCB.
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Sure, you can post what you like, but you were incorrect about the VACC -- that was just being pointed out to you. VACC has done an enormous amount of good in Vancouver -- in fact, most of the cycling infrastructure in the city was accomplished with and because of their input.
Agreed.
Whether those that are members of what they might deem as some sort of "elite" cycling group or not is beside the point.
The VACC has done more positive work for the local cycling community in recent years than ANY other.
BEST has become a lobby group with little interest in "the trenches" imo...

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Old 12-27-10, 03:03 AM   #108
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In all, are there two community bike shops?

Is pedal depot volunteer staff with free servicing on bikes? Or is there a cost per hour?

What are the most popular bike makes commuting on the streets?
(eg. mtb with 1.75-2" tires? road bikes?)

Is there most hardcore cyclist year round? (all terrains, road, mtn)
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Old 12-28-10, 12:37 AM   #109
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Community Bike Shops - reply for Senexs

I only know and have experience with Our Community Bikes. They had an hourly charge, depending on the service. Before I had my own bike mechanics stand and tools, I often rented a work area and tools to repair my rides. The cost was reasonable and the profit went to help those in need in Nicaragua (if memory serves me well). Our Community Bikes http://www.pedalpower.org/?q=our_community_bikes

So far as the kind and style of rides down here, it is a mixed bag. I'm riding a high end hybrid, carbon fiber forked, 29" wheel, etc, hybrid and see many similar rides. I also see many folk commuting on road bikes. I also see a lot of mountain bikes with slicks. I also see some cruisers in the downtown area. There are, of course, plenty of people trying to get by with out right junk, but by and large I see way nicer rides in Vancouver compared to cities such as Toronto or Montreal. Though the summer is busier, folks ride all year round.

There are plenty of hard core riders. I mountain bike as well (cross country) and I am not unique in using a bicycle to commute and a mountain bike for recreation. Many of my younger friends commute by road bike during the week and have a downhill mountain bike for their weekends.

There are many good commercial bike shops all around the lower mainland. One shop I have had a good experience with is Mighty Riders, which is close to Our Community Bikes. http://www.mightyriders.ca. Mountain Equipment Coop is also a good bet - http://www.mec.ca/Main/home.jsp
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Old 01-05-11, 12:05 AM   #110
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Hello Vancouverites,

I am looking into a shaft-driven bicycle, but can't seem to find any here in lower mainland. Any ideas?
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Old 01-05-11, 01:04 AM   #111
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Saw one on craigslist a few weeks ago.
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Old 01-09-11, 08:36 PM   #112
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Hello Vancouverites,

I am looking into a shaft-driven bicycle, but can't seem to find any here in lower mainland. Any ideas?
Try Rain City Bikes on Manitoba and Broadway. I remember seeing Biomega bikes on their website a while ago.
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Old 01-11-11, 01:04 PM   #113
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Try Rain City Bikes on Manitoba and Broadway. I remember seeing Biomega bikes on their website a while ago.
thanks!
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Old 01-18-11, 06:07 PM   #114
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Old 04-15-11, 06:58 PM   #115
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Old 05-14-11, 07:45 PM   #116
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I'm in Vancouver, around Cambie and 49. I'm new to biking, I'm just here to learn a few things and lower my chances of getting run over in traffic. It's not nearly as scary as I thought it would be!

I want to check out the "Introduction to Mechanics/Maintenance" course at Our Community Bikes, anyone know what it's like?

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Old 05-29-11, 11:22 AM   #117
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As it is Vancouver thread, please, read my thread about JV bike shop.
Very bad customer practicies.
If somebody wants to buy something from your shop and you issue invoice to him - is it what you are going to charge him when he comes to your shop to pick up what he ordered - according to JV bike shop they can charge more than on invoice due to what ever, because supplier increased price , blah, blah -VERY BAD PRACTICE.
In my case it was petty 50 dollars on my over 3000 dollars order !!!!!!
Just think about it.
sHOP like JV bikes cannot absorb 50 dollars to keep customer happy.
BTW I happy with product they sold, it is not about product.
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Shop like JV could not absorb 50 bucks
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Old 05-30-11, 08:21 AM   #118
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according to JV bike shop they can charge more than on invoice due to what ever, because supplier increased price , blah, blah -VERY BAD PRACTICE.
In my case it was petty 50 dollars on my over 3000 dollars order !!!!!!
Bad practice and a breach of contract especially if you made a deposit on the original invoice which would demonstrate offer, acceptance, intent, and consideration by all parties. If the invoice and final purchase were executed in a reasonable time frame then the shop was IMO in breach.

A better practice would have been to let you know of the price increase before you came back to pick up your order and work out an agreement acceptable to both. I would expect that the price increase would be a result of increased shipping costs from higher fuels costs.

If it made you unhappy enough to post here, why didn't you walk? It's not like they are the only shop in Vancouver.
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I forgot to mention - I made 500 dollars deposit, I could not walk away from the deal.
Invoice is a promise to sell for what it is stated.
Small detail - I drove over 1000 kilometers to pick up my order from another province..
Only this shop sells this kit.
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Old 05-30-11, 04:35 PM   #120
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Anyone know of a Felt dealer in Vancouver?
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If you're looking for a Felt road bike, Fort Langley Cyclery is probably your best bet.
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I forgot to mention - I made 500 dollars deposit, I could not walk away from the deal.
Invoice is a promise to sell for what it is stated.
Small detail - I drove over 1000 kilometers to pick up my order from another province..
Only this shop sells this kit.
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I see your point. Holding customers for ransom is rarely a good way to keep them. My LBS is a 500km round trip and I ask for a quote before I make a trip in on anything major. For me it has been a good way to do business.

Looks like LV wants more customers to shop online.
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JV bikes
offered me money back to me after I drove over 1000/thousend/kilometers to his shop!!!!
Breach of contract I would say exactely.
In my case it was more than a quote, I put depost down , he sent me detailed invoice with exact amount.
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Old 05-31-11, 09:44 AM   #124
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miro13car, you drove 1000 kms to a Vancouver store to buy something?

I'm curious, why couldn't you get the product sent those 1000 kms to you? Are you living in a remote location?
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Definitelly no ransom

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I see your point. Holding customers for ransom is rarely a good way to keep them. My LBS is a 500km round trip and I ask for a quote before I make a trip in on anything major. For me it has been a good way to do business.

Looks like LV wants more customers to shop online.
We were alerted about this post by another customer. Here is our reply:

A short one – the customer was offered to get the full refund because of the price change but he refused.

… and the complete story:
The customer ordered a bicycle, and an electric system from us. The bicycle was in stock but the electric system was not which we had to order. The same bike could be also ordered with the same system pre-installed and that would cost less. The customer did not want that for some reason. He also did not want us to install the system, which would be done at no extra charge. Another ‘slightly strange’ fact was that the customer did not want his order to be shipped which would probably cost less than traveling 1000km from Calgary, particularly taking into the account that items shipped from our store to Alberta are taxed only the GST (5%) while when they are sold at the store they are taxed at 12%, BC HST rate. Anyway, when the order was placed with the supplier we were informed that there is an additional cost for the longer cables (the particular bike required longer cables). An email was sent to the customer with that information and asking if he is okay with that. We never got an email response to the particular mail but we assumed that everything is okay because there were few emails (from the same account) and few phone calls asking if we received the electric system. When the customer came to pick-up his order he said that he was never informed about the price difference and he was insisted to get the price from the original sales order. Staff is not in the position to give discretionary discounts on finalised sales orders. They can only issue a full refund and keep the product, or sell the product with the balance paid in full. I, the owner was not there at that time and I got to the store when the Customer was ready to leave. When I heard what happened, and how he made quite a situation at the store upsetting and yelling at my staff I was insisting to provide the full refund and to not have any business. Unfortunately he just ran away screaming that we will be sorry for this.

Let me make one thing absolutely clear: when the price is quoted from JV Bike we stay behind it for 30 days. If the deposit is placed the price is guaranteed again for 30 days, or longer if there is a delay in the delivery and the customer still wants to wait for the product. There are all kind of unforeseen circumstances for which we may not be able to deliver at all or at the required price. For that reason we reserve the right to cancel the order or to change the price quote in which case the customer gets FULL REFUND OF THE DEPOSIT.

THE CUSTOMER IS NEVER FORCED INTO THE AGREEMENT THAT HE/SHE DID NOT SIGN FOR.
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